Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)

Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Every year, in May, we help to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Since our first Mental Health Awareness Week back in 2000 we have helped generate public debates around how anxiety, sleep deprivation and exercise can impact our mental health. In 2016 we are talking about relationships. 

Healthy and supportive relationships reduce the risk of mental ill-health. This Mental Health Awareness Week we are celebrating the connections, the relationships, the people in our lives that add to our wellbeing and protect and sustain our mental health. From family and friends, to colleagues and neighbours; taking notice of those connections that make you feel safe and supported. 

Why we're raising awareness 

More than healthy diet or exercise, strong social networks improve our mental wellbeing.The week will be about recognising this, and thanking the people that support you, reaching out to those who you can listen to and help, and campaigning to ensure that decision-makers start addressing the barriers that stop people forming such important relationships. 

Resources and information

As we move closer towards Mental Health Awareness Week in May we will provide more information and resources, outlining the ways that you can help spread the message about the importance of healthy and supportive relationships. For now please mark the date in your diary and sign-up for information alerts

Below are some of the resources and activities that made 2015's week on mindfulness the best we've had. Visit Be Mindful to find out more about mindfulness, a teacher near you and access to our online course.  

You’ve probably heard a lot about Mindfulness in the media recently but what exactly is it?

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See what's already happening across the UK this May during Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Planning an event for Mental Health Awareness Week? Tell us what you're up to and we'll help you get the word out!

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Get images, logos, posters and more to help you spread the word about Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Find out about Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 by signing up for email updates and be the first to know what's happening!

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Our past campaigns for Mental Health Awareness Week touched on topics like loneliness, anger, exercise, alcohol and friendship.

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Mindfulness works. Research shows our Be mindful course reduces stress.